About Boating Safely

Learn from the best—the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Need Your Boating Education Certificate?

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is proud to launch About Boating Safely, their new classroom and online course. This boat safety course is designed to be an introductory course to meet the boating education needs of recreational boaters.

How do I get my boating license?

You may have heard that you need a Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is a Boater Education Certificate. You can get a Boater Education Certificate by taking a Boat License Safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.

Your "Passport" for Boating Safety

Need to carry proof that you are certified to boat safely? In most states, you'll receive a boating safety education certificate after passing an approved boat safety course. In Alabama, it's a boating license. Regardless of whether your state calls it a certificate, a card, or a license, you can get started now.

A Boat Safety Course You Can Trust

Taking an About Boating Safely classroom course or one of the online boat safety courses adopted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will satisfy state requirements for mandatory boater education.

Even if you already have your boating safety education certificate (or boating license, if boating in Alabama), you can stay up-to-date by visiting your state's online boat safety course. When you review your state-specific laws and regulations, you'll be confident you are staying current and staying safe. You may discover that even though you have been boating for many years, you still can learn something new "about boating safely."

Read more about the boat safety courses adopted by the U.S. Coat Guard Auxiliary!